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Presentation to Canberra Grammar School

The UNIC Director met with year twelve students studying economics and politics to talk about development and the United Nations’s role in international affairs.

The interactive session covered an overview of the UN and its wider system and how the various parts work to resolve many of the world’s development issues.

Central to the discussion were the Sustainable Development Goals and how these were providing guidance to countries in meeting their development challenges.

The session went way beyond the allotted lunch hour as students posed a wide range of questions ranging from the work of different UN entities to how countries interact with the Organization.

Countries Outline Progress Made In Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals At key UN forum

It’s like a mini UN General Assembly for sustainable development. Starting this week, nearly 50 countries are voluntarily briefing the world about what they’ve done to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, and looking for ideas on what more they could do.

UN News’ Paulina Greer spoke to Irena Zubcevic, who is with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs(DESA), about the Voluntary National Reviews at the High-level Political Forum.

Countries Embrace Efforts To Achieve SDGs Amid Mounting Global Challenges: UN Report

New York, 20 June – A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UN report launched in New York today.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 found that conflict and climate change were major contributing factors leading to growing numbers of people facing hunger and forced displacement, as well as curtailing progress towards universal access to basic water and sanitation services.

For the first time in more than a decade, there are now approximately 38 million more hungry people in the world, rising from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016. According to the report, conflict is now one of the main drivers of food insecurity in 18 countries. In 2017, the world experienced the costliest North Atlantic hurricane season on record, driving the global economic losses attributed to the disasters to over $300 billion.

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UN4U and Sustainable Development Goal Presentations at Narrabundah College

The UNIC Director visited Narrabundah College to meet with two classes of students studying international politics. The sessions included a presentation on the structure and work of the United Nations as well as a focus on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

The interactive sessions generated a wide range of questions from students, with many interested in the roles of countries at the UN, the functioning of the Security Council and the scope of the General Assembly’s work.

The students were also introduced to the SDGs and how they could individually contribute to reaching the Goals.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: from Summit to Outcomes

The theme of the United Nations Association of New Zealand’s annual conference was to assess the value of Summitry.

In speaking at the conference, UNIC Canberra Director, Christopher Woodthorpe, spoke on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development owed its existence to the success of a series of summits and conferences which had built, over the years, on a foundation laid by Member States when they agreed on the UNCED, or Earth Summit, outcome document, Agenda 21.

Pictured: Ms Joy Dunsheath, President of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) with the Director of UNIC Canberra. Photo: UNANZ

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Presentation to New Zealand Institute of International Affairs

Sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda were the focus of a presentation made by the UNIC Canberra Director to members of the NZ Institute of International Affairs and the UN Association of NZ at Auckland University.

As many in the audience were not very familiar with the SDGs, the lecture focused on an introduction to the Agenda, but then moved on to review how it was being implemented, with particular reference to developments in the Pacific region.

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Briefing to Auckland University of Technology students on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Students of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) met with UNIC Canberra Director Christopher Woodthorpe to discuss the SDGs.

The students were enrolled in a range of diverse studies at the university, such as marine biology research, linking science and traditional knowledge for communities to promote conservation efforts, and advocacy for diversity and social justice in communities.

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Young People and their Future is the focus of Six Degrees Cafe @ Black Mountain School

Young People and their Future is the focus of Six Degrees Cafe @ Black Mountain School

Canberra has a great cafe that is preparing students with disabilities for life after school it is called Black Mountain School’s ‘Six Degrees’ cafe. We were lucky enough to buy a coffee. Thanks to everyone at the Cafe, teachers and students alike, including Hayden for allowing us to film and photograph you all working so hard.

Posted by UNIC Canberra on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Canberra has a great cafe that is preparing students with disabilities for life after school it is called Black Mountain School’s ‘Six Degrees’ cafe. We worked with the students and the school
to tell the story of a programme that believes in equal opportunity for all.

To learn about the UN’s Support for People With Disabilities please to to the website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This story is also part of our video series on “Locals Implementing the SDGS

 

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The theme will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. More.